Thursday, December 24, 2009

St. Paulus Work Days Begin January 2nd

We will beginning regular work days at the St. Paulus community garden (Eddy and Gough) every Saturday from 10 am -2 pm starting January 2nd. Volunteers are encouraged to bring a sack lunch and wear long pants and close toed shoes. Volunteers of all ages are welcome and will be required to sign a waiver before they work in the garden. Bring gardening gloves if you have them.

There will be tasks that range from physically demanding to light.

We will be joined by a number of expert gardeners who are joining our coalition to work on this garden project together. Including participants from the: Free Farm Stand; Produce For the People; Standford's Gleaning Project, DioCal and Holy Innocents Episcopal church. Welcome looks forward to working with this coalition.

Work days will be canceled if it rains.

If you would like more information about volunteering please contact:

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Location: St. Paulus Lutheran Lot at Eddy and Gough, San Francisco, CA.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Thanks to our Supporters

Harvester - $10,000 +

The Sam Mazza Foundation

Farmer - $5,000-$9,999

Episcopal Charities

Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, MN

Sower - $2,500-$4,999

ELCA Domestic Hunger Grant

herchurch (Ebenezer Lutheran)

Gardner - $1,500-$2,499


St. Francis Foundation

St. Francis Lutheran Church

Blossom - $500-$1,499

Alma Via

The Springer Family

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church

Seedling - $50-$449

Custom Quality Painting

Haight Ashbury Free Clinic

St. Paulus Garden Mural is Nearly Complete

Thanks to all the efforts of Leanne and her wonderful volunteer assistants, the mural at the St. Paulus site is nearing completion. Here are some photos below so you can see the latest progress.

We'll be taking a break during the holidays, then returning to complete the last panels and cover the whole wall with a varnish to protect it. The mural already brings great life and color to the site and inspires all the growth yet to come. Thanks Leanne for all of your amazing work!

Panel 8 background

You can't have a living church without Praying Mantises!

Mobile Art Cart (forthcoming 2010)

Working in the Garden

Orignal Rose Window of St. Paulus Church

Nearly complete! (December, 2009)
Location: St. Paulus Lutheran Lot at Eddy and Gough, San Francisco, CA.

Urban Share is looking for a muralist to work on our Oakland garden site, if you are interested or know someone who may be, please email:

Tamara Loewenstein
Curator and Community Arts Organizer
Urban Share Community Gardening

If you're interested in learning more about how to get involved with volunteering with Urban Share, please contact:

Pete Feltman, Volunteer & Donations Coordinator

Monday, December 7, 2009

First Weekend in December:This Weekend at the St. Paulus Garden

This weekend at the St. Paulus Garden we did some more work on our shed. We are waiting to add the roof until the entire shed is completed and a locked door can be put on the front. We are trying not to encourage people from sleeping inside the shed (because of liability issues and to prevent people from using the shed as a bathroom. When completed, the shed will allow us to leave tools at the site.

We were also able to hang some hand made signs out some old pieces of wood, many of which are actually bed slats, donated paint and some roofing wire.

We created signs to recognize our financial supporters and volunteers.

Later, we stopped by the Tree's Free Farm Stand - a free farmer's market in the Mission. Tree gave us some starter plants for the St. Paulus lot. We planted two aloe plants just as it started to rain.

In the back of the photo you can also see that someone painted graffiti over our white walls prepping our murals. After the rain stops, we'll be repainting those walls.

Location: St. Paulus Lutheran Lot at Eddy and Gough, San Francisco, CA.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

More progress on the mural at the St. Paulus Garden

The mural at St. Paulus is more than half way complete now. Leanne finished up the outline for the 6th panel (out of 9 total) today. This last panel depicts an image of what our art cart will resemble once built. The mobile cart will allow me and Urban Share staff and volunteers to reach out to the community through the arts and generosity/exchange programs as well as provide a stand to distribute produce grown from our garden.

Leanne, myself and her helpers will be out next week on Tuesday and Wednesday working and we are hoping to finish in the next few weeks. Keep an eye for more photos of the completed mural soon!

Below are the original sketches by Leanne of the panels completed so far along with a photo of their respective finished panel.

Sketch for Panel 1

Panel 1
Sketch for Panel 2

Panel 2

Sketch for Panel 3

Panel 3
Sketch for Panel 4

Panel 4

Sketch for Panel 5

Panel 5 (nearly complete)

Sketch for Panel 6

Outline for Panel 6

Panels 1-6 so far...

The fabulous Leanne C. Miller

If you're interested in getting involved or learning more about the arts programming for Urban Share please contact Tamara:

Location: St. Paulus Lutheran Lot at Eddy and Gough, San Francisco, CA.

Build Your Own Greenhouse from Old Doors

  • spare wood (cut to fit)
  • 2 doors with glass (or simply a wood frame cover with clear plastic sheeting stapled over the top)
  • 4 door hinges
  • nails and a hammer
  1. Make a frame (a rectangle) from the pieces of spare wood that frame the door with your nails.
  2. Attach the door to the frame with a set of hinges.
  3. If you want to put two together make sure the two hinged sides but up against each other. This will allow for easier gardening. If you do it the wrong way there will be a door in your way when you want to garden.
We got all our supplies donated by people on craigslist, so our greenhouse was free!

Location: St. Paulus Lutheran Lot at Eddy and Gough, San Francisco, CA.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Middle School Work Day at St. Paulus Garden

The youth from Trinity Lutheran Church in Pleasanton stopped by to do some work on our garden. They helped haul bricks to build a raised bed garden.

These bricks are the rubble from St. Paulus' old foundation. Then we covered the bricks with clear plastic to turn our raised bed into a temporary greenhouse.

If you want to recreate a garden like ours, note that we probably would not have used bricks (they're really heavy!), but they were in abundant supply at our site. We encourage you to creatively use the free plentiful things around you for your garden.

The other big project our volunteers helped us with was creating a ramp into our pit. One of the biggest obsticles of this garden site is that we need to find away for volunteers to safely enter the garden.

We were also able to start building a more permenant greenhouse.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Our Garden Sites

San Francisco

  • Alma Via - Lake Merced (a small garden at a senior care facility that we support)
  • Christ Church Lutheran - Sunset District (a sidewalk garden)
  • Faithful Fools - Tenderloin (a rooftop garden)
  • St. Mark's Lutheran - Tenderloin (raised beds for seniors designed for gardening with wheelchairs and walkers)
  • The Free Farm at the St. Paulus Lutheran lot - Western Addition (1/3 acre farm that includes a labyrinth, double dug beds, vertical gardening, container gardens and terraced beds).



Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Our first mural work day at St. Paulus garden site a success!

Embarking on the Mural Project: Day 1

Today we officially began working on our mural at our St. Paulus garden site with our muralist Leanne C. Miller. After posting an ad on Craig's List last week seeking free paint and receiving an overwhelming amount of responses, Megan and I drove all across the city and as far as the East Bay to pick up gallons and gallons of paint in preparation for today. Earlier this week Case and I cleaned and primed the walls, working late in the night to make sure we would be ready for our first work day.

So far we've been able to get nearly all of our materials free of cost, keeping with our philosophy of urban share. Thanks to all the wonderful people of Craig's List and the community for donating their paint and supplies!

This morning we began by outlining and painting the first two panels. The first panel depicts a cross section of earth and the layers which make it up. Leanne designed this panel so it can also act as an educational tool for children who will visit the garden (beginning this Saturday for our first work day); a wonderful resource we will surely use often! In the second panel, a volunteer is serving a warm bowl of soup to a guest of WELCOME.

The next panels to come will depict images of the original St. Paulus church steeple and stained glass window, our soon to be built mobile cart which will distribute free produce and engage with the community through various arts programming, plus images of fruits, vegetables, herbs, friendly garden bugs and even praying (literally!) mantises.

Leanne C. Miller, Muralist & Artist

Leanne painting the cross section on Panel 1

Leanne outlining Panel 2

Tamara follows Leanne filling in Panel 2

Leanne (left) and Tamara (right) hard at work
Location: St. Paulus Lutheran Lot at Eddy and Gough, San Francisco, CA.

Our next mural work day will be this Sunday, November 22nd - so if you're in the area or just curious, stop by and say hello, we'd love to have you!

Check back soon for more photographs of our progress!

If you'd like get involved with Urban Share please contact Pete at

Friday, November 13, 2009

Introducing Pete Feltmen - Volunteer & Donation Coordinator

The generous support of the Sam Mazza Foundation, has enabled the Urban Share Community Gardening Project to hire a Volunteer and Donation Coordinator.

Vicar Pete Feltmen is a student at the San Francisco Theological Seminary. Please contact him to find out the current items we need for our community garden or to schedule a time for your group to work on one of our project sites. Email:

Here are a few items we need as of 11/13/2009:
  • wheelbarrows
  • shovels
  • rakes
  • power tools: saws, drills, sander, nail gun, concrete saw, jackhammer
  • hose, hose holders
  • ladders
  • glass windows
  • garden gloves
  • trowels
  • watering system timer
  • pvc pipe
  • wood (all types and sizes)

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Introducing Robyn Waxman, Designer

The wonderful Robyn Waxman is assisting Urban Share with designing materials which will help promote our visibility and pique interest around our garden sites. Her focus is the St. Paulus Garden where she is working on encouraging curiosity and excitment and ways to bring community members and passersby to join us in our efforts.

Robyn Waxman has taught at Sacramento City College since 1996, serving as the department chair for six of those years. She has lectured and presented her work and thinking at the Artists and Art Director’s Club, the Art Institute of Sacramento, California College of the Arts, UC Berkeley and UC Davis Extension. Additionally, she is the Coordinator for Design Education for The Designers Accord.

Robyn holds a degree in Visual Communication from the University of Delaware and a Masters of Fine Arts in Design from California College of the Arts. She is an award-winning designer and educator, currently practicing in San Francisco, Sacramento, and Davis, California.

Most recently, Robyn’s work focuses on design’s role to form community and to instigate social and environmental change. Her current project, F.A.R.M was featured in several media outlets, including the SFMOMA blog and KPFA radio . Her public service design work was selected for the November 2009 Communication Arts Design Annual and won 1st place in the AIGA (Re)Design Awards in 2009. Robyn is also a "spotlighted" CCA Alumni.

Learn more about Robyn at:

Introducing Leanne C. Miller, Artist and Muralist

Leanne C. Miller, artist and muralist, is the latest addition to our team. Leanne recently completed a wonderful mural on Market and 6th Streets near Pearl Art, supported by the San Francisco Arts Commission, with fellow muralist Helen Bayly. She will be designing and painting a beautiful mural for us at the St. Paulus Garden.

Leanne was born in Phoenix Arizona where she had the opportunity to attend a small public high school focused on the Arts in Scottsdale called New School for the Arts. From this highschool experience she went on to attend San Francisco Art Institute, the premier Fine art college on the west coast, founded in 1871. During this time she volunteered and interned at such independant Art Organizations, as Southern Exposure Gallery and Ar+space.Leanne also taught through the "Mission Voices" program at southern exposure, and was an artist assistant developing curriculum for the summer arts program there. She also co-taught art at the Arts Far west highschool in Oakland California, and also through "Root Division" based in the mission area of San Francisco. Leanne graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting. Since then she has been making and showing her work around San Francisco and New York. Recently she completed a mural for the San Francisco Arts Commission and will be in the winter and spring issues of Studio Visit Magazine.

The mural Leanne is working on for our garden will include images of the St. Paulus church steeple, its original mandala stained glass window and lots of yummy produce, animals, and helping garden bugs. We're all so excited to see this go up soon!

Below: Images of the Market Street mural recently completed by Leanne C. Miller and Helen Bayly for the San Francisco Arts Commission.

To learn more about Leanne please visi:

If you're interested in getting involved, volunteering or donating to support this mural please contact:

Tamara Loewenstein, Curator and Community Arts Organizer